Ghostwriting, as the name suggests, is the process wherein a writer puts down content for a client without publicly crediting the work to himself.
Nobody knows when ghostwriting actually came into being, but as far as human memory goes, ghostwriting has always been a part of the literary and cultural world. Brushed under the carpet, kept mum about for ages, ghostwriting has now gained a status it could never have before. It is now brought out of the closet though it still remains the writing industry’s best kept secret. In the older days, individual writers hired ghostwriters secretively to edit and rewrite their plot. Once the work was done and the success and appreciation garnered, the ghostwriter was paid a pittance for his work and sometimes even cheated of his own hard earned work.
However, things have now changed. With the advancement in technology and media communication, hectic and competitive lifestyles, ghostwriting, that was once labeled to be cheating on the part of the credited author, has been recognized as a necessity. Writers actually don’t have the time these days to concentrate on one book, autobiography, blogs and even tweets! Sometimes, ghostwriters are hired to carry on the legacy of the dead popular author. For example, remember the ‘Nancy Drew’ series? Carolyn Keene was the pseudonym used for the collection of ghostwriters who wrote the series long after the death of the author, who, by the way was male.
Ghostwriters now get a very good amount of money for the services they provide and many are even acknowledged post the death of the credited author. Therefore a career in ghostwriting is quite profitable and for the creatively stimulated. You have to be creative and proficient in the matter given to you by the client. Take up the work only if it stimulates and excites you. You can be reassured that the paycheck will be fat and the creative satisfaction immense.